I almost loved this book. But, I got to the next to the last chapter and all of a sudden, I said, "oh, come on". I kind of got tired of every single b...moreI almost loved this book. But, I got to the next to the last chapter and all of a sudden, I said, "oh, come on". I kind of got tired of every single bite of food causing a life changing experience for a character. Yes, I loved the concept of this title, and loved the characters. I really got into food as a metaphor for experiencing life to its fullest and living life in the moment. This book made me want to get up and cook or bake. And, in fact, I did. I made these wonderful lemon crinkle cookies for my book club as it was reading this for our June title. But, for some reason, when I got to Ian's story with Antonia, it felt like it was just too much.
I did still really like the book, though. And, it lends itself to a lot of book club discussion.(less)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Good Reads.
Wow! But, let me make this clear. This book is for a specific point in a persons life....moreDisclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Good Reads.
Wow! But, let me make this clear. This book is for a specific point in a persons life. I do not recommend it for everyone. In your 50's you begin a new exploration of your life. You seek meaning, understanding and resolution. You start to think in terms of your mortality. This book is for someone at that point in their life.
Having said that, this book is amazing. Kravitz loses his job and determines to take a year off to clear off ..unfinished business... in his life. All of us have them - unpaid debts, a thank you unsaid, an apology owed, a promise made but not fulfilled. These are the unfinished business items in our lives. But, Lee Kravitz goes one step further. He addresses the "why" of the unfinished business, identifies who he was and what was going on in his life when the item became unfinished, and he seeks an answer to the question of how to apply what he has learned in his current life.
This is such a powerful book. I want to go out and buy 10 copies and send it to my friends and family members who are at this stage in their life. It is beautifully written - but no excuses. Kravitz really explores objectively the business of his life left unfinished and the impact it has had on his and others' lives.
The book is warm, thoughtful, engaging, intelligent, and so, so thought provoking. I highly recommend this book.(less)
I first read this book when it was all the rage back in the 1970's when I was in high school. I loved it then, but then sort of forgot about it. A cou...moreI first read this book when it was all the rage back in the 1970's when I was in high school. I loved it then, but then sort of forgot about it. A couple of years ago I was weeding books in the 800's at the library and came across it again. Now, after all of these years, the messages of the prophet as he leaves his people ring even more true to me. These are the lessons of life you know in your heart at your calmest moments when most in touch with the spiritual, but need to be reminded of when life is in chaos and you feel disconnected. I now own the small pocket size copy and keep it in my purse. I read a bit when I need it or when I have a moment of waiting time. It never fails to clear my mind and set me again on my path.(less)